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How to Convert YouTube Videos to iMovie

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By Justin SabrinaUpdated on December 17, 2022

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This article will explain which formats are compatible with iMovie and guide you how to download YouTube videos to MP4 and convert YouTube videos to common formats, then you can import YouTube videos to iMovie for editing or viewing.

"I downloaded a short video in FLV format on YouTube, but I cannot import YouTube video to iMovie for editing, why? How to play YouTube FLV video to iMovie? Thanks."

Want to play YouTube videos in iMovie? This article is for you! As the king of video sharing sites, YouTube provides millions or even billions of media files for users to watch. On the other hand, iMovie allows users to watch, edit and share videos, and you can add local videos to iMovie. However, you cannot directly put some YouTube videos to iMovie. Why? Next, we will clarify which formats are not compatible with iMovie and how to download YouTube videos to computer so that you can convert YouTube video to iMovie supported format for offline playback.

put YouTube videos to iMovie

Which Video Format are Compatible with iMovie?

When importing videos using iMovie, you need to consider the video formats that are compatible with iMovie. iMovie only supports MP4, M4V, MOV, DV, AIC, MPEG-2 MPEG-4 and other video formats. YouTube only allows users to upload videos in MOV, MP4 (MPEG4), AVI, WMV, FLV, 3GP, MPEGPS and WebM formats. Although we can use some third-party YouTube Downloader to extract videos in the above format from YouTube. However, iMovie does not support WebM, AVI, FLV and WMV formats. If you want to enjoy FLV/WebM/AVI/WMV YouTube videos in iMovie, it's necessary to use a professional YouTube to iMovie converter to convert YouTube video to the format supported by iMovie, such as MP4 and M4V.

In the following part, you will learn how to put YouTube videos into iMovie for editing. The first step is to download the YouTube videos to computer, then you can convert the downloaded YouTube video to common formats supported by iMovie. Let’s explore!

Part 1. Powerful YouTube Downloader: Download YouTube Videos to Computer

4kFinder stands out among all YouTube video downloader and can download videos, playlists from YouTube without premium. Not only can it help you download YouTube video to MP4 with high quality, but also helps you download online videos from other popular websites with success. In this way, you can convert the download YouTube videos to other format supported by iMovies.

Key Features of 4kFinder Video Downloader:

  • Download videos, playlists, channels and subtitles from YouTube without premium.
  • Download YouTube videos to MP4 supported by iMovies with high quality.
  • Download online videos from video websites: YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Veoh, etc.
  • Save YouTube videos and movies in 8K, 4K, 2K, 1080p, 720p, 480p, 360p, etc.
  • Download YouTube music videos, playlists to MP3 for enjoying on MP3 player.
  • Put YouTube videos to iMovie for editing for personal use.
  • Play YouTube videos on any device or tablet without internet connect or Wi-Fi.

Guide: Download YouTube video to MP4 for iMovie:

Step 1. Copy & Paste the YouTube Video URL to 4kFinder
Free download and install 4kFinder on your Mac/Windows system, and then launch the program. Copy the YouTube video link that you want to put into iMovie, and then paste the YouTube Video URL to the bar of 4kFinder, then click "Analyze".

copy and paste YouTube video link

Step 2. Set Output Format and Resolution
4kFinder supports you to download YouTube video as MP4 files and download YouTube video as MP3 files at the same time. Here you can set the video as MP4 output video format or MP3 output audio format according to your needs, and you can select the resolution for your video.

Select Output format and resolution

Step 3. Download YouTube Videos as MP4 Supported by iMovie
If everything is ready, simply click "Download" button, then 4kFinder will immediately download the video as MP4 files without losing original quality. During the download process, you can pause or pause all the download if necessary.

start to download YouTube video

Step 4. Download YouTube Videos for iMovie Successfully
Congratulations! You have successfully downloaded YouTube videos to your local drive, and you can click "Finish" to check them.

 download YouTube videos completed

Now, all YouTube videos have been downloaded to the MP4 format supported by iMovie. If you want to convert YouTube videos to other iMovie compatible formats, such as M4V, MOV, DV, AIC, etc., you can turn to Part 2 to convert the downloaded YouTube videos to other formats with using the best YouTube to iMovie Converter.

Part 2. Best YouTube to iMovie Converter

UkeySoft Video Converter is the best YouTube to iMovie MP4 video Converter. Not only does it support you to convert YouTube video to MP4, but also supports you to convert any videos to all kinds of common-used formats, like MP4, M4V, MOV, AVI, FVI, AMV, etc. With its help, you'll never worry about the video incompatibility issue. In this way, you can free to import any converted YouTube video to iMovies for viewing or editing, or transfer it to any device for offline playback.

Features of UkeySoft Video Converter:

  • Convert YouTube videos to MP4, M4V, AVI, WMV, MPEG, MOV, AVI, FVI, etc. for playing on iMovie.
  • Convert any video format to MP4, M4V, AVI, FLV, VOB, M2TS, MKV, MOV, MPG, WMV, etc.
  • Remain the original quality of videos, including HD MP4, HD MTS and even 4K standard.
  • Extract audio from YouTube videos.
  • Support to edit/cut videos for your preference.

Guide: Convert YouTube FLV Video to MP4 for iMovie on Mac

In the next part, we will show you the tutorial on how to convert YouTube videos to MP4 format for playing in iMovie on Mac. Here we will take YouTubeVideo in FLV format as example.

Step 1. Launch UkeySoft YouTube Converter on Mac and Add MP4 Video Files
UkeySoft Video Converter is compatible with almost any Windows and Mac OS. Please download and install UkeySoft Video Converter(Mac), then launch it on your Mac computer.

Step 2. Add Downloaded YouTube FLV Video
Just click “Add Files” button to add the YouTube FLV video files to the program.

YouTube Video Converter for Mac

Step 3. Set MP4 as Output Format
At the bottom of the software, the converter will list various output formats. In order to add videos to iMovie, here you need to select MP4 as output format of video.

set MP4 as output format

Tips: UkeySoft Video Converter also supports you to convert audio to common format, or edit or cut Video for your preference.

Step 4. Convert YouTube Video to MP4 Format
After the above settings, click the “Convert” button to start converting YouTube FLV Video to MP4 for playing on iMovie. Just wait a few minutes to finish the conversion. After conversion process completed, the output folder will start automatically unless you did not select this option before starting.

Convert YouTube video to MP4

Step 5. Add Converted YouTube video to iMovie
Launch iMovie on your Mac, then drag and drop the converted YouTube MP4 videos to iMovie.

Now you can play or edit YouTube MP4 video on iMovie anytime, anywhere! By the way, you can also transfer the converted YouTube files to any device for enjoying, such as iPhone, iPad, Android Phone or tablet, Samsung Galaxy S20/S10/Note 9, PS4, Zune, MP4 player, PSP, etc.

Convert YouTube Videos to iMovie


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